- independence or freedom, as of the will or one's actions: the autonomy of the individual.
- the condition of being autonomous; self-government or the right of self-government: The rebels demanded autonomy from Spain.
- a self-governing community.
Origin of autonomy
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Examples from the Web for autonomy
Islamic State brought “peace, autonomy, zero corruption, low crime-rate,” he Tweeted last month.The Scared Widdle Kitty of ISIS
December 12, 2014
“Gardens can provide kids with disabilities a greater level of autonomy,” said Fried.Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled
October 22, 2014
Liberal learning is said to prepare one for autonomy and for citizenship.College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School
Michael S. Roth
August 30, 2014
The point at which autonomy should be handed over to the child is less clear when parenting children with cognitive disabilities.
If I had adult typical children, I would also be violating their autonomy.
The policy of the opposition was coercion, while that of the government was autonomy.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
And just as he was opposed to the union with Italy, so likewise was he opposed to autonomy.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
An early sense of trust, we see, is necessary for the development of autonomy.
In so doing, he begins to achieve some degree of autonomy as an independent person.
The second objective of love is the achievement of a sense of autonomy.
- the right or state of self-government, esp when limited
- a state, community, or individual possessing autonomy
- freedom to determine one's own actions, behaviour, etc
- the doctrine that the individual human will is or ought to be governed only by its own principles and lawsSee also categorical imperative
- the state in which one's actions are autonomous
C17: from Greek autonomia freedom to live by one's own laws; see autonomous
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Word Origin and History for autonomy
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